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Fieldnotes is an SCMS project to conduct, circulate and archive interviews with pioneers of film and media studies. In addition to recognizing the contributions of key scholars, the project also aims to foster knowledge of and interest in the diverse and dynamic developments that have shaped -- and continue to shape -- our expanding field.

Fieldnotes is currently led by Chris Holmlund, with the help of a committee comprised of Raphael Raphael and Frances Smith. It is sponsored by SCMS. It was initially funded by SCMS, the Advanced Research Team on History and Epistemology of Moving Image Study (ARTHEMIS), and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC). We thank its founding primary investigator, Haidee Wasson (Concordia University), for her conception and design of the Fieldnotes oral history project. Fieldnotes acknowledges support from Archive/Counter-Archive, a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant at York University.

If you are interested in contributing to Fieldnotes, or would like to suggest the name of an interview subject, or would just like to know more, please contact Chris Holmlund.

Fieldnotes Committee:

Chair:  Chris Holmlund, University of Tennessee (2018-2020)

Raphael Raphael, University of Hawaii
Mike Zryd, York University


The Interviews
(in alphabetical order by interviewee)

Richard Abel
interviewed by Donald Crafton

Rick Altman
interviewed by Corey Creekmur
Dudley Andrew
interviewed by Timothy Corrigan

Charles Ramirez Berg
interviewed by Mary Beltrán
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
interviewed by Charlie Keil
Edward Buscombe
interviewed by Toby Miller

John Caldwell
interviewed by Lisa Parks

Francesco Casetti
interviewed by Luca Caminati

John Caughie
interviewed by Haidee Wasson

Wendy Chun
interviewed by Kara Keeling

Timothy Corrigan
interviewed by Patricia White

Donald Crafton
interviewed by Nicholas Sammond

Mary Ann Doane
interviewed by Patrice Petro

Richard Dyer
interviewed by Barbara Klinger

Thomas Elsaesser
interviewed by Patrice Petro

Seth Feldman
interviewed by Janine Marchessault

Lucy Fischer
interviewed by Paula Massood

Jane Gaines
interviewed by Shelley Stamp

André Gaudreault
interviewed by Dudley Andrew

Barry Grant
interviewed by Seth Feldman

Claudia Gorbman
interviewed by Caryl Flinn

Tom Gunning
interviewed by Scott Curtis

Michele Hilmes
interviewed by Neil Verma

Mette Hjort
interviewed by Missy Molloy

E. Ann Kaplan
interviewed by Krin Gabbard

Gertrud Koch
interviewed by Robin Curtis

Annette Kuhn
interviewed by Catherine Grant


Akira Mizuta Lippit
interviewed by Anirban Baishya

Marcia Landy
interviewed by Luca Caminati

Julia Lesage
interviewed by Rox Samer

Ana Lopez
interviewed by Cristina Venegas

Scott MacDonald
interviewed by Joan Hawkins

Gina Marchetti
interviewed by Stephanie DeBoer

Laura Marks
interviewed by Peter Limbrick

Laura Mulvey
interviewed by Catherine Grant

Charles Musser
interviewed by J.D. Connor

Hamid Naficy
interviewed by Kaveh Askari

Lisa Nakamura
interviewed by Alexander Cho

James Naremore
interviewed by Jake Smith

Horace Newcomb
interviewed by Alisa Perren

Bill Nichols 
interviewed by Tom Waugh

Jan Olsson
Joel Frykholm

Constance Penley
interviewed by Elena Gorfinkel

Ted Perry
interviewed by Christian Keathley

Dana Polan
interviewed by Haidee Wasson

Rick Prelinger
interviewed by Charles R. Acland

Michael Renov
interviewed by Patricia Zimmermann

B. Ruby Rich
interviewed by Amy Villarejo

Ellen Seiter
interviewed by Leah Aldridge

Vivian Sobchack
interviewed by Kathleen McHugh

Lynn Spigel
interviewed Elana Levine

Janet Staiger
interviewed by Charles Acland

Clyde Taylor
interviewed by Josslyn Luckett

Graeme Turner
interviewed by Serra Tinic

Thomas Waugh
interviewed by Damon Young

Linda Williams
interviewed by Tom Waugh


Brian Winston
interviewed by Patricia Zimmermann


Charles Wolfe
interviewed by Patrice Petro

Patricia Zimmermann
interviewed by Hend Alawadhi

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